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Sorry . . . it's all too much
, October 24, 2007
This review is from: The Rolling Stones: The Biggest Bang (DVD)
I'm usually not a music snob and will give 5 stars to anything that will "get me rockin'" in my BarkoLounger, but, regarding The Biggest Bang . . .
Venues too big (I'm here for the performance, not the audience. Big does not guarantee good). Performers too old, too jaded (Nothing wrong with age, I'm getting old. But they are tired of it, and acting . . . except maybe Kieth, who still digs it). Photography too selective (I can read the inscription on Keith's guitar pick, but the camera won't come within twenty feet of Mick's face). Stage too colossal (so that the audience a quarter mile back can see the big screen, but I don't need that. Way too much empty space on stage . . . and my TV screen). Selections too redundant (with all of the Stone's source material, no need for all the repeats). Sound too imbalanced (too much Mick singing/reciting into the mic, not enough Rolling Stones band). Too contrived. Too insensitive. (And too expensive).
There is so much to see that the camera won't hold on more than 4 seconds of anything (go ahead, time it yourself). This thing is to music what a schlocky 4-day commercial cruise is to "pleasure boating". This thing is to music what Las Vegas is to "architecture". This thing is to music what my Review is to a "yes or no" question.
Sorry, I'm not going to rubber stamp this just because it's the Rolling Stones. The 4 disc DVD is a huge quantity of high end live music on an epic scale . . . presented poorly.
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